TEXAS: Spinning Doom

People who live in the belt of land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes have one uneasy claim to distinction: they are more apt to be killed by tornadoes than residents of any other area on the face of the globe. The sky over their farms and cities is one of nature's battlegrounds: great masses of cold, dry air from the northwest are eternally colliding with bodies of warm, wet air from the tropics. These monstrous collisions—particularly from March through June—produce a fearful progeny of funnelshaped "twisters." Bulldozed Lane. Tornadoes spring into life suddenly, die quickly,...

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